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Advising Communities

Advising Communities are groups of UCAADA members who want to do more to impact sustainable change at UC. Advising Communities cultivate supportive environments for changemakers to solve problems for Advisors and their students. Advising Communities promote community building and university-wide collaboration by creating a culture of care and advocacy

Cross College Collaboration


The Cross-College Collaboration advising community seeks to unite faculty and staff from across the university by fostering an open and collaborative environment. We strive for accessibility, clarity, and communication across departments in order to help our students navigate the university system and identify the resources and tools they need to be successful. Our goal is to promote cross-departmental partnerships throughout the university so that, in the future, we can go beyond relating across policies and procedures to create new opportunities for collaboration and innovation.

Community Leader Bios:


Shea Cummings is a Senior Academic Advisor in the College of Education, Criminal Justice, and Human Services, where she advises students in the Information Technology program. She has been with UC for two and half years; prior to that, she completed her Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration at the University of Louisville with the goal of becoming an academic advisor. Shea and her fiancé, Mitchell, live in Newport with their cats, Neville, Fleur, and Padfoot, and spend much of their free time working on their 111-year-old home.

Steering Committee:

Donnie McGovern leads the award-winning Center for Pathways Advising and Students Success team, who centrally support the UC Advising Community in three distinct areas: Pathways Advising, Starfish Retention Solutions, and UC Advisor Training, Professional Development, and Online Resources. The Pathways Advising team serves all students in transition at the university: external transfers, internal college and major changers, and non-matriculated students. Donnie has spent 20+ years in higher education, 10 at the University of Cincinnati, and has served in several progressive roles at UC, including leadership roles with the former UC Transfer Center, the Center for Exploratory Studies, and now Pathways. Donnie has had the good fortune of living all over the world with his husband of 22 years, Ron. Donnie loves to travel, attend all forms of theater, and be outside as much as possible.

Kelsey Darnell is an academic advisor in the Lindner College of Business. In her role at Lindner, she serves as the academic advisor to the Kolodzik Business Scholars honors program and teaches first-year seminar courses to new students in the college. Prior to working at UC, she received her master’s degree from Indiana University in Higher Education and Student Affairs and previously worked in higher education in her home state of Oklahoma. As a new resident of Cincinnati, she enjoys living in Covington (the best view of the city) with her partner and furchildren.  

Mental Health



Community Leader Bios:

Chair: Gretchen Hart

Gretchen has been in higher education for over 20 years. She has been working here at UC for over 15 years. Currently Gretchen is a dedicated and enthusiastic administrator here in the College of Engineering and Applied Sciences.   As director of their undergraduate advising center, she balances the time between her staff, her faculty, university-wide committees and groups, and of course the reason she is here...the students.  If she doesn't see you in her office, UC-wide meetings, or chit-chatting in the halls...she knows she will catch up with you walking across campus! Please always feel free reach out to her for anything at all. PS. Her favorite food is buffalo chicken dip. She has one kid and two cats. She is a Packer’s fan. And speaks both English and Sarcasm.

Steering Committee:

Erika Britton

Program Retention Specialist - Student Success Coordinator

University of Cincinnati Online

Professional: Erika has been working in higher education for 7 years. She has been at the University of Cincinnati since July 2019. Currently she is working with students earning their graduate degrees and certificates in Nursing.

Personal: Erika is married and has a 2 ½ year old son, Asher and a husky dog named Winter. Erika enjoys, walks to parks with Asher and Winter, dinners out with Jason, playing in her volleyball league, catching up with her favorite TV shows & movies, and occasional wine nights with friends.

Master of Social Work degree- University of Cincinnati

Bachelor of Art degree in Psychology- University of Cincinnati

Jamie Solomon, Senior Academic Advisor                                                          

College Credit Plus

Professional:  Jamie’s 17-year professional experience includes marketing management, event planning, organizational leadership, and academic service in the areas of professional sports, agency work, non-profit, and higher education.  She joined the University of Cincinnati in July 2015 with the College Credit Plus program, serving and advising a unique student population to all things UC.  Prior to UC, Jamie worked at Cincinnati State Community College in the Office of Admission as an Admission Representative for 5 years.

Personal: Jamie resides in Northern Kentucky and is passionate about travel, live music, reading, rescue animals, and donuts.

Master of Science degree in Organizational Leadership - Trevecca Nazarene University, Nashville, TN
Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communication – Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY